New Documentary DVDs

  • July 23, 2012

Do you like documentaries? We recently added the following titles to our Educational DVD Collection:


Summary: They patrol the dark and dangerous streets, seeking out criminals, evil-doers, and villains. Veiled in secret identities, they call themselves Real-Life Superheroes, and they are out to save humanity. Journey inside the world of these real-life caped crusaders. From all over America, these everyday citizens don masks, homemade costumes, and elaborate utility belts in an attempt to bring justice to evildoers everywhere.

War horses of WWI 

Summary: The extraordinary and deeply moving true story of the million British horses who served in World War I. It is told using rare archival materials and testimony, combined with the latest historical research. The story begins with the mass call-up of horses from every farm in Britain and follows their journey through the war. When the war ended, only 60,000 horses made it back to Britain and the most famous war horse to return in glory was Warrior. His story, like the million other British horses who served, should never be forgotten.

The elephant in the living room 

Summary: Takes viewers on a journey deep inside the controversial American subculture of raising the most dangerous animals in the world as common household pets. The film courageously exposes the shocking reality behind the multibillion-dollar exotic pet industry with stunning photography, inspiring storytelling, and unprecedented access into a world rarely seen, right in our own backyard.

One lucky elephant

Summary: One Lucky Elephant begins with circus producer David Balding's realization that Flora, the orphaned African elephant he adopted and made the star of his circus, is tired of performing. What unfolds is a nine-year odyssey to find Flora a good home. Caught between the human and animal world, Flora epitomizes the harsh reality elephants face in our expanding man-made world. One thing is certain, after watching this film, you'll never look at an elephant in a zoo or a circus in the same way again.

Miss representation

Summary: Discusses ways in which the media openly degrades women. Features commentary from many influential women in media and politics.

Being Elmo: a puppeteer's journey 

Summary: Follows the man behind the beloved children's icon, Elmo, examining the life of puppeteer Kevin Clash. Provides behind-the-scenes views of Sesame Street and the Jim Henson Workshop and featuring interviews with Frank Oz, Rosie O'Donnell, Cheryl Henson, and Joan Ganz Cooney.

Steve Jobs : one last thing 

Summary: This documentary looks not only at how his talent, style and imagination have shaped all of our lives, but also at the influences that shaped and molded the man himself. Through interviews with the people who worked closely with him or chronicled his life, we gain unique insight into what made him tick. In a never before broadcast, exclusive interview, Steve Jobs expounds his own philosophy of life, and offers advice to us all on changing our own lives.

Revenge of the electric car 

Summary: By 2006, as many as 5,000 electric cars were destroyed by the major car companies that built them. Today, the electric car is back with a vengeance. Without using a single drop of foreign oil, this new generation of car is America's future: fast, furious, and cleaner than ever. It's not just the next generation of green cars that's on the line, it's the future of the automobile itself.

The code

Summary: Author and Oxford University professor Marcus du Sautoy sets out to solve mathematical mysteries in an engaging and accessible BBC documentary. Du Sautoy travels from Chartres Cathedral to Grand Central Station in search of the mysterious hidden code that can unlock the very laws of the universe.